The Black Student Union at Gonzaga University sponsored a demonstration on December 11, 2014, to stand in solidarity with communities across America against police misconduct.
The membership of the City of Spokane’s Use of Force Commission is now complete. Ivan Bush, equal opportunity officer for Spokane School District 81, and Susan Hammond, director of outpatient and psychiatric services for Spokane Mental Health are two of the members.
Former mayor Mary Vernor established the commission and chose Earl Martin, former dean of the Gonzaga Law School, as the chair.
The purpose of the commission was originally to investigate the use of force by police in the Otto Zehm case. Chair Martin says the the commission will now also review police procedures and training and civilian police oversight.
Other members of the commission include retired Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Bill Hyslop, former states attorney for Eastern Washington.
See the Spokesman Review article of January 25, 2012 for additional details: